Wildlife Bureau grappling with staff shortage

New Delhi: The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), set up at the behest of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, is grappling with an acute shortage of staff with around 70 per cent of total posts yet to be filled. The Bureau, which set up last year by Environment Ministry, aimed to develop infrastructure and capacity building for scientific and professional investigation into wildlife crimes and assist State Governments to ensure success in prosecutions related to wildlife crime. However, in the absence of any recruitment policy, the prestigious Bureau is yet to get the requisite staff to get the things going at the ground level as of total 110 sanctioned strength, around 75 per cent are lying vacant.

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